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The PACKER surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 8,962 3644 0.003 33
United States (1880 census) 2,670 2289 0.005 53
Change since 1880 +6292 -1355 -0.002 -20
Other Countries
Australia 989 1673 0.006 60
United Kingdom 3,167 1975 0.007 69
Top States for PACKER by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Pennsylvania 733 2231 0.006 60
California 667 4670 0.002 20
Utah 594 496 0.027 266
New York 506 4136 0.003 27
Ohio 478 3191 0.004 42
Top States for PACKER by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Utah 594 496 0.027 266
Idaho 308 557 0.024 238
Rhode Island 83 2145 0.008 79
Alaska 49 1890 0.008 78
Alabama 334 2180 0.008 75


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called PACKER live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called PACKER represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called PACKER in Pennsylvania than any other state, but you are more likely to find a PACKER by picking someone at random in Utah than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of PACKER

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Occupational Name

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the PACKER surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the PACKER surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of PACKER in the USA

Classification Total Percent
White (Hispanic) 132 1.47
Mixed Race 120 1.34
Asian/Pacific 51 0.57
Native American/Alaskan 46 0.51
White (Caucasian) 7,385 82.4
Black/African American 1,228 13.7

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the PACKER surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of PACKER in historical publications

PACKER. Halliwell says, a person " employed in barrelling or imcTiincj up herrings." In London, the occupation of the "packer-and-i:)resser " is a well-known and lucrative one. Le Packere and Packare are in H.R. A less desirable derivation is from the A-Sax. pceca a cheat or deceiver.

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Similar names to PACKER

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as PACKER.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for PACKER

The following words are slight variants of PACKER that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.